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Published March 27th 2016
Somersby Falls doesn't seem like the kind of place you discover on your own, since it's located at the back of the industrial area in Somersby. But it's a beautiful waterfall picnic area that you won't want to miss out on, so if someone hasn't already tipped you off, I'm here to rectify that.
You don't have to go to the Blue Mountains to find waterfalls.
Located about 45 minutes north of Sydney, along the M1 (take the same exit as the Australian Reptile Park), Somersby Falls and Picnic Area is a little nook at the end of Somersby Falls Road, complete with tables, toilets and a free barbecue.
There's no sign of the industral area you've just come through anywhere here. You're just surrounded by Brisbane Waters National Park.
It was raining on my visit, so while there were actually a surprising amount of people at the falls, they didn't stay for long. However in good weather, people spend ages here, with kids bringing their swimmers and getting right into the water under the falls (particularly the upper ones).
The rain didn't keep people away, but it did send the animals looking for somewhere to hide. Here a bush turkey takes refuge under the information shelter.
While most people would come to the falls by car, it is also possible on foot; the attraction is a pretty worthwhile three kilometre diversion off The Great North Walk (a 250 kilometre trek that runs from Sydney to Newcastle).